Day 2 : Neil Island
Places of interest : Bharatpur Beach , Laxamanpur Beach, Natural Bridge.
How to reach : 2 hour cruise trip from Port Blair to Neil island
I would like to add a word of caution for people who experience sea sickness or motion sickness: please don’t forget to carry your anti-vomiting meds along with you, because you can’t be too sure of the weather and the Ocean.
But Neil Island is a beauty in itself and it is sure to carry you off your feet, with its charm. As soon as you land, you can take a while to admire the breathtaking view of the pristine blue water that surrounds you from all sides .
I had pre-booked my stay at the ‘Tango beach resort’ , which is right in front of the Laxmanpur beach and you are privileged enough to get a view of the Sea and the beach from your cottage itself. In the later part of the day I had a thrilling experience, which came in the form of a glass bottomed boat or popularly known as the ‘Glass boat’ . It is sort of a ferry with a capacity to accommodate around 9 people at a time , and it takes you away from the Bharatpur beach to a point in the sea,where the water is around 40-45 ft deep . The motive of the glass bottom is to allow to get a glimpse of the oceanic life under water. Although it can be a bit scary for some to be sitting on a small ferry in the middle of the sea, amidst huge waves and strong winds , the view of the underwater world is sure to catch your breath away!! I personally caught a glimpse of some beautiful coral reefs, a shoal of yellow fish playing around the reef, lots of jelly fish(some even came on to our boat) , and many other nameless creatures .